Cerf also defended the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's recent and controversial decision to pass net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband as a regulated, common-carrier service instead of a lightly regulated information service. Google has supported net neutrality rules, although the company wasn't very vocal during the recent FCC rulemaking process.
Many broadband providers have argued that reclassification is unnecessary and could hinder investment in new broadband networks. But Cerf argued that ISPs shouldn't be able to influence customers' Internet use.
No ISP "should have anything at all to say about where the traffic comes from and where it is going," Cerf said. "Everyone should have equal access to the 'Net. Preserving user choice is fundamental to the Internet's utility."
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